Marlin Disqualified

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  1. ALOHABIRD

    ALOHABIRD Newbie

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    Check this out!

    Fisherman Loses $900,000 Record Marlin Due To $5 Fishing License A
    tournament fisherman caught an 883-pound blue marlin off North Carolina
    last week. That would have won him a $912,000 first prize, but one of
    the crew members on his boat didn't have a fishing license.
    So....disqualified.
    Oops.

    Andy Thomason thought he had set a new record at the Big Rock Blue
    Marlin Fishing Tournament, when his monster catch was easily the largest
    one pulled out of the water during the week-long event. But during a
    standard post-contest lie detector test-yes, that is actually standard;
    this shit is serious-organizers discovered that one of the "for-hire
    mates" on his boat did not have a North Carolina fishing license. The
    tournament rules require everyone on the crew to have one, even the chum
    wranglers whose only responsibilities include baiting hooks and keeping
    the beer cold. Carolina residents can purchase a 10-day license for $5.

    Thomason did not appreciate the irony.

    "It hurts," said angler Andy Thomason. "No record. No money. No fish. No
    nothing. Yep, it's a nice ending to the story, isn't it?"

    "We didn't do anything wrong. But one of our people did. He failed to
    get a fishing license, but we didn't know it. He told us he had it. He
    didn't. So you take a man for his word, you know? I can't do anything."

    Fishing without a license in North Carolina carries a $35 fine and $125
    in court costs, plus about a million bucks to anyone you happen to screw
    out of a record jackpot. This scofflaw also might end up fishing with
    Fredo, if you catch my drift.

    Rules violation costs Citation win, record, $900,000-plus in Big Rock
    [Jacksonville Daily News]
    $15 mistake could sink $912,825 payday [News Observer]
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  2. BuonaForTuna

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    Rules are rules this just goes to show how bad you can get hurt if you dont follow them. What a moron lol.
     
  3. Sherm

    Sherm aka: The Sherminator

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    That's why you ask to see the license. I got mine out the other day just as i was about to leave to go fishing with some friends. That's when I realized my Mexi license was expired by one day. You need to look at it. Especially when that kinda coin is on the line. JEEEEZ

    The captain of the boat should have asked to have everyone turnover ther License at the beginning of the trip. i know when I am on charters here IN SD and we head to Mexican waters...the captain takes our licenses and puts them in a box until the end of th etrip. That way he knows everone is legal.
     
  4. navyaircrew

    navyaircrew Newbie

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    i would think that NO ONE would ever hire that guy as a mate again.... that"s really sad.
     
  5. marlinmike

    marlinmike head rigger in charge

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    the capt. on this rig should be "hung from the highest yard arm" what a ding dong.
     
  6. marlyn

    marlyn I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I wonder what a 900,000.00 dollar asskicking feels like?
     
  7. jagerhunchback

    jagerhunchback MCLMM

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    my coworker is a north carolina guy and was telling me about this, i think its bullshit but rules are rules.
     
  8. Buttchaser

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    Ouch! That has got to hurt........
     
  9. Whalebreath

    Whalebreath Well-Known "Member"

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    Luca Brazzi sleeps with the fishes!
     
  10. grander007

    grander007 Well-Known "Member"

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    Ooouuuuuuuccchhhhhhh....might as well have hand lined it......

    Tight lines,
     
  11. johndtuttle

    johndtuttle Angler/Client

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    No one to blame but the Captain of the boat. He is responsible for making sure everyone is legit. Tournament committee was absolutely right to take $900,000 dead serious.
     
  12. East Side

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    Yep, sadly. Big money right down the drian.



    Cement Boots anyone?:nopity:
     
  13. Carl

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    Good thing the crewmember didn't mention it on the ride home....
     
  15. Smudge

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    Haha! No shit! "Sorry buddy, you're gonna have to swim back..."
     
  16. scrappy

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    Apparently he did. I read in another article he purchased a fishing license on the way to the weigh in and the "discovery" was made when the Captain was questioned. Sounds like he fessed up on the way in and got dropped off to buy a license.
     

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